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Local echoes at screening of Maxine Peake film Funny Cow

PUBLISHED: 15:12 08 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:12 08 October 2018

Maxine Peake in Funny Cow coming to Diss. Picture: POW Films

Maxine Peake in Funny Cow coming to Diss. Picture: POW Films

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It centres around a female comic trying to make it on the tough northern working men’s club circuit, but the film Funny Cow which is set to be screened in Diss also has a local connection.

Ollie Trevers whose music features in Funny Cow, pictured at the London premiere. Picture: POW FilmsOllie Trevers whose music features in Funny Cow, pictured at the London premiere. Picture: POW Films

Former student Ollie Trevers, a film score composer who attended Framlingham College just over the border in Suffolk, helped write the music for the comedy drama.

The film stars Maxine Peake as a comedienne making a name for herself whilst battling domestic violence, sexism and hecklers in the 1970s and 80s stand-up scene.

Maxine Peake in Funny Cow coming to Diss. Picture: POW FilmsMaxine Peake in Funny Cow coming to Diss. Picture: POW Films

From her troubled childhood to her turbulent adult relationships, she uses the raw material of her life experiences to bring her unique style of comedy to the stage.

The film also stars Tony Pitts as her violent soul mate Bob, Paddy Considine as her middle class lover Angus and Stephen Graham plays her brother Mike.

Paddy Considine and Maxine Peake in Funny Cow coming to Diss. Picture: POW FilmsPaddy Considine and Maxine Peake in Funny Cow coming to Diss. Picture: POW Films

Mr Trevers, whose compositions features on the score alongside pieces from Sheffield singer-songwriter Richard Hawley and Corinne Bailey Rae, stepped out onto the red carpet at this BFI London Film Festival for the world’s first showing of the film.

He described it as “unbelievable opportunity” with critics described the music as “beautiful”.

Ollie also performs in the film singing his original song, Twist It, Shake It, in a memorable 1960’s basement club scene. He wrote a further four tracks which feature in the film and are also included in the full soundtrack.

• Funny Cow is screening at Diss Corn Hall on October 10, 10.30am and 7.30pm, 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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